The image of a cane can evoke a variety of reactions. My friend in college understood that. She had such severe limitations that she could never walk without her cane. Rather than hope people did not notice it, she would wrap it in colorful ribbons each day to match her outfit! Her smile and readiness to talk of the Lord being her support left a lasting impression on me.
It has been said that religion is just a crutch for the weak-minded. What the world does not seem to understand is that there is no one who is not in need. But there are those who recognize their need for a Savior. They are the ones who in trusting Him have their paths straightened.
Our verse for today tells us we are not to lean on our own understanding but instead trust the Lord. I need to recognize that my own understanding is woefully limited. I cannot depend on my own reasoning. It is not enough.
The famous song, “Lean On Me,” by Bill Withers has the phrase, “please, swallow your pride.” It takes humility to recognize need. Verse seven in this same chapter warns us not to be wise in our own eyes. Leaning and relying on Him and His wisdom takes me down paths of righteousness and blessing. Trusting in my own wisdom has me going around in circles or following dead ends.
Trusting Him can be so uncomfortable. I do not always understand where He is leading. But relying on Him is so much better than my feeble steps with a cane!